Unexpected – Love (Candle-lit Christmas Eve) Zachary Sloboda

MATTHEW 2:1-3 NLT
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.

MATTHEW 2:4-6 NLT
Herod called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and he asked them, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’

 

MATTHEW 2:7 NLT
Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.
Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

MATTHEW 2:11 NLT
They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.

UNEXPECTED
LOVE

JOHN 8:12 NLT
I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.

MATTHEW 5:14-16 NLT
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

UNEXPECTED
LOVE